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The Book People will be in the Hub during lunchtime on Thursday 6 May.
From Tuesday 4 May we are introducing a number of changes to the railway shuttle bus service.
- extended timetable: you can now park at Adastral, catch the 07:25 bus and be in London by 09:00. The last shuttle bus back to Adastral is now at 19:15
- commuter service: commuters can also now use the service. It costs just £1 each way (you need to show your pass to get this price)
- public service: the bus will also be available to the public to use from the end of May at the usual Ipswich Buses rate
- doubling up: the bus will be a double-decker to cope with the increased demand
- change to Bibb Way times: the bus will now pick-up from Bibb Way at two minutes past the hour (except the first three pick-ups of the day)
- direct link between the station and Adastral: the bus will now go directly to Adastral from the station.
The service is still FREE for anyone with a valid train ticket.
Why are these changes being introduced?
- To allow BT/Adastral Park employees to park for free at Adastral and use the shuttle and be in London by 09:00 and return from London on the 17:50 & 18:00 trains and catch the shuttle back to site to collect their car
- To simplify the rail station to Adastral link by going direct
- To improve the Adastral to Bibb Way pick up by using the waiting time period to do this loop which also provides a more direct connection between Adastral and Bibb Way
- To allow Ipswich to Adastral commuters, Ipswich residents and other local employees to use the service and make it more efficient
The new timetable
(click the image for a larger version or download the revised leaflet)
Andrew Cassy, travel plan manager, will be in the Hub at lunchtime today (27 April) and on Tuesday 4 May to answer your questions or you can email him.
Get fit without the hassle by taking part in Walk to Work week.
Walking can help you to be more healthy (by burning calories and reducing carbon emissions), wealthy (reduced travel costs) and wise (you can be creative and contemplate matters whilst walking).
Register online and enter your details. Use the Adastral Park (IP5 3RE) or Bibb Way (IP1 2EQ) postcodes so we can track responses from everyone and see if we can become one of the most walked workplaces. You can log your walking throughout the week and track your calories burnt, steps made and carbon savings.
The five walking challenges are to:
- try walking all or part of the way to work
- try walking all or part of the way home from work
- hold a walking meeting
- walk all or part of the way to a meeting
- take a walk during your lunch break.
Andrew Cassy, travel plan manager, is pledging to walk the full 12 miles to work from home one morning: “With the weather as lovely as it is now that spring has arrived I am really looking forward to a walk through the forest and across the heaths on my way in to work. I challenge you to do the same for all or part of your journey in to work and enter our prize draw.”
To enter the prize draw just email firstname.lastname@example.org with your grand total for the week. Make sure you’ve also logged it on the website. A name will be drawn at random from all valid entries and the winner will receive a £100 voucher for an outdoor leisure retailer.
Living Streets, who organise Walk to Work week, are also running a prize draw. Just by registering to take part you could win a hamper for your workplace.
Prospect (was Connect) will be in the Old Post office area in the Hub lunchtime on Wednesday 28 April.
Roast Gressingham Duck, Braised Red Cabbage & New Potatoes £4.25
Fresh Battered Cod & Chips £4.00
2 x Cumberland Sausages with Mashed Potato & Onion Gravy £2.50
Today, ThorpeGlen was named as one of the winners of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category. The award recognises exceptional performance in innovation by British companies. This is the second Queen’s award ThorpeGlen has won in as many years.
ThorpeGlen Ltd is a specialist software company headquartered at Adastral Park. The ThorpeGlen team designed and built the original software while part of BT’s R&D facility and have continued to develop the solution and expand its customer base internationally since becoming a stand-alone company.
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the UK’s most prestigious awards for business performance. They recognise and reward outstanding achievement by UK companies. To win an innovation award, a company must be able to demonstrate substantial improvement in business performance and commercial success, to levels that are outstanding for the size of the applicant’s operations.
Commenting on the award, Boyd Mulvey CEO at ThorpeGlen said “I am delighted that the team’s hard work over many years had been recognised further by this second Queen’s Award. It is an honour for the team, a fabulous achievement and a credit to the people who helped form and build the business. It is a mark of recognition and has been achieved only through the combined efforts and commitment of the entire ThorpeGlen Team, both here in the UK and overseas. We hope this milestone provides additional impetus to drive the business to further success both in our current regions and the new regions we are targeting”.
Pictured from left to right: Boyd Mulvey, Mark Hammond, Tony Chester, Andrew Cook, Andrew Cleveland, Kelvin Youngs.
Thursday 29 April, 12.30 – 13:30, Crucible Studio
You are invited to attend a lunchtime talk and short film to hear from Paul Delve reporting back on his recent attendance at the International Development Seminar.
Prospect (formerly Connect) has been funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) under its Development Awareness Fund to support members and branches to promote corporate social responsibility and ethical procurement policies, to practically engage with humanitarian and trade union solidarity projects and to provide support and training for “development advocates” raising development related issues in their workplaces.
This provides a great opportunity for those interested to promote development issues within the company and beyond. Come along and hear about the work already underway and the opportunities to get involved.
Wednesday 21 April and Thursday 22 April (amendment of dates)
The Adastral Park Emergency Services will be in the Hub on Wednesday 21 April and Thursday 22 April between 12.00-13.30.
They will be offering a drop-in for the blood pressure and blood glucose measuring service in the Hub on 21st and 22nd April between 12:00 – 1:30pm. High blood pressure can be an indicator and contributing factor in a number of illnesses and is measured by inflating a cuff around your upper arm. A raised level of glucose in the blood can be an indication of diabetes and is measured by taking a droplet of blood from your finger. Any measurements taken that are outside of the normal readings may suggest a follow-up visit to your GP for further advice.
The Woodbridge Physiotherapy will also be in attendance on Wednesday 21 April in the Hub between 12.00 – 13.30 advertising their services.
The Suffolk Police Community Officer will be in the Hub at lunchtime on Thursday 15 April.
Childline fundraising Friday 16 April
Nicholas Clarke is running the London Marathon for Childline in April, he will be promoting this in the Hub, lunchtime Friday 16 April.